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CVS Health Foundation Donates More than $330,000 to Help Combat Opioid Abuse in California

July 12, 2018 | Community

Company also installs 62 safe medication disposal units inside CVS Pharmacy locations

WOONSOCKET, R.I., July 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) announced today that the CVS Health Foundation will award $330,000 in grants to community health centers in California focused on increasing access to opioid addiction treatment and recovery services. Concurrently, the company is expanding its safe medication disposal initiative in California, installing 62 safe medication disposal units in CVS Pharmacy locations across the state to help facilitate proper and timely disposal of opioids and other medications that could otherwise be diverted or misused.

"Through the launch of our in-store safe medication disposal program at CVS Pharmacy locations in California, we aim to help remove unused prescription medications from medicine cabinets where they could be otherwise diverted or abused," said Tom Davis, R.Ph., vice president of professional services for CVS Health. "We are also pleased to support the work of four community health centers here in California and their work to promote addiction recovery, which directly aligns with our purpose of helping people on their path to better health."

The $330,000 from the CVS Health Foundation is being distributed to four California community health centers focused on increasing access to opioid addiction treatment and recovery services.

The La Maestra Family Clinic in San Diego will use a nearly $85,000 grant to implement a SBIRT (screening, brief intervention, referral and treatment) approach for patients to increase the number of patients receiving medication-assisted treatment and group therapy.

"Substance abuse services are vital to La Maestra patients because of the increasing need for services," said Javier Rodriguez, MD, chief medical officer at La Maestra Family Clinic, Inc. "By fully implementing SBIRT at all primary care sites, there has been an increase in referrals to treatment. Since 2015, La Maestra has increased SBIRT screening rates by 408%. With the support of CVS Health, La Maestra is improving access to quality substance use disorder services in some of San Diego's most underserved communities."

AltaMed Health Services in Los Angeles will use an $85,000 grant to implement a pilot that will help integrate medication assisted treatment (MAT) into its primary care services. The support will help the clinic increase access to substance abuse services for over 11,000 adult patients in high need areas by the end of 2018.

"The opioid epidemic in our country has had far-reaching consequences that have destroyed lives, broken apart families and has had devastating effects on the communities we live in," said Shawn Hamilton, MD, regional medical director at AltaMed Health Services. "We're proud to join CVS Health in its nationwide effort to expand access to opioid and substance abuse treatment to help the communities we serve recover and lead productive, healthy lives. Through this pilot program, AltaMed's Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), will provide patients with a multidisciplinary team approach to address the complicated disease of addiction."

An $85,000 grant to Marin City Health & Wellness Center in Marin City will support the creation of new programs and safe spaces for people in the Marin County community to start the process of recovery from substance abuse. With the new support, the clinic will add a psychiatric nurse practitioner to implement exercise, nutrition and pain management education, peer support recovery programming to reach more people utilizing MAT services and new technology to improve recovery support and evaluation.

"This very important funding will allow us to expand our efforts to reach some of the most critically affected opioid users," said JayVon Muhammad, CEO, Marin City Health & Wellness Center. "We have already had much MAT program success across Marin County, and staffing and programs funded specifically by this grant will focus on building trust among residents of Marin City who struggle with opioid use and the stigma around trauma and behavioral health."

The Sacramento Native American Health Center will use a more than $76,000 grant to support patients dealing with substance abuse issues by introducing new and expanded treatment options like MAT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and integrative or holistic therapy to help improve patient outcomes.

"As we have seen in our health center and throughout the media in recent months, the opioid epidemic has had broad effects, crossing gender, race, and class boundaries. Patients seeking care in the federally qualified health center system are at the highest risk for opioid overdose," said Britta Guerrero, CEO, Sacramento Native American Health Center. "Seeing the very personal struggles of our patients and the impacts of addiction on individuals and families in our community, we are proud to partner with CVS to expand access through targeted case management and coordinated care."

CVS Health's safe medication disposal efforts supplement the company's giving to support opioid addiction recovery. The company has installed 62 medication disposal units inside CVS Pharmacy locations across the state. These kiosks will supplement the 15 units CVS Health has previously donated to police departments in California. Nationwide, the company has donated more than 900 units to police departments, collecting more than 350,000 pounds of unwanted medication.

The expansion of safe medication disposal to a total of 750 CVS Pharmacy locations across the U.S. was included among the enhancements to the company's strategy to address and prevent opioid abuse announced in September 2017. As part of that effort, the company also said it would enhance opioid utilization management aligned with CDC Guideline for CVS Caremark clients and members, complementing measures already in place.

This work builds on ongoing programs the company operates including the Pharmacists Teach program, which brings CVS Pharmacists to local schools to talk to teens and parents about the dangers of abusing prescription drugs, with more than 61,000 teens and parents in California having already participated in the program. CVS Health has also worked to expand access to the opioid overdose-reversal drug naloxone in 46 states, including California.

The 62 new medication disposal units are located at the following CVS Pharmacy locations:


Diamond Bar


2011 East La Palma

300 South Diamond Bar Boulevard

222 N. Market Street




1401 S. Baldwin Avenue

7915 Florence Avenue

5385 Alton Parkway




505 #B Bear Mountain Boulevard

318 W. El Norte Parkway

2006 West Avenue J




7101 Atlantic Avenue

111 E. Merced Street

43839 15th Street West, Suite P


Fair Oaks

La Jolla

511 N. Hollywood Way

5420 Dewey Drive

8831 Villa La Jolla Drive




11300 Ming Ave

4987 N. Fresno Street

8929 Panama Road, Suite B

Canyon Country


Long Beach

19424 Soledad Canyon Road

2200 N. Harbor Boulevard (NEC)

233 East Willow Street



Long Beach

2510 El Camino Real

15700 South Western Avenue

4400 East Los Coyotes Diagonal


Garden Grove

Los Angeles

150 West Carson Street

12031 Brookhurst Street

2530 Glendale Boulevard


Huntington Beach

Los Angeles

12101 Central Avenue

19212 Beach Boulevard

6360 West Third Street

Los Angeles

Rancho Cucamonga


3010 South Sepulveda Boulevard

11428 Kenyon Way

9730 Mission Gorge Road

Marina Del Ray


Sherman Oaks

13171 Mindanao Way

101 Redlands Mall

14735 Ventura Boulevard




26973 Newport Road

2 W. Fern Avenue

2605 West March Lane




1700 McHenry Avenue

8280 Magnolia Avenue

18441 Ventura Boulevard

Monterey Park



2103 South Atlantic Boulevard

1140 S. Main Street

33205 Temecula Parkway


San Diego

Thousand Oaks

2037 Verdugo Boulevard

1792 Garnet Avenue

2791 Agoura Road

National City

San Diego


1201 E. Plaza Boulevard

313 Washington Street

5020 West 190th Street

Newport Beach

San Diego


1020 Irvine Avenue

3151 University Avenue

100 W. Foothill Boulevard


San Diego

Van Nuys

480 South Main Street

8260 Mira Mesa Boulevard

15232 Sherman Way

Palm Desert

Santa Ana


42155 Washington Street

3911 South Bristol Street

15466 Whittier Boulevard

Santa Monica

Woodland Hills

2505 Santa Monica Boulevard

23357 Mulholland Drive

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